Luke Chapter 8 – I like that women are including as travel companions with the Lord and the disciples (2-3). They had been healed of their physical afflictions and now I imagine growing spiritually daily as they journeyed together with Jesus. What a privilege to be included. I am so grateful that God is accepting of all and that Jesus honored women.
And how did these women show their gratitude? Well, by supporting Jesus and the disciples out of their own means (3)!
I have always loved the imagery in the parable of the sower. The verse that stood out to me today was 15: “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”
Here it is in the Message version: “But the seed in the good earth – these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.”
A good suggestion when doing any kind of Bible study is to compare several versions for a deeper understanding of a verse or passage.
When Jesus was teaching and was told his mother and brothers were there, his response always baffled me: “But He replied to them, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear and do the word of God.” 21 HCSB
I get others could be brothers, but mother? What are your thoughts on this?*
And after all the miracles the disciples had seen, when Jesus calms the sea and they ask: “Who can this be? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey Him! ” 25 HCSB
Wouldn’t they have already figured out He was God?
The next story (26-39) has a few things to ponder:
- Why did the demons want to go into the pigs?
- What did the owners think when they heard their herd all jumped off a cliff and drowned?
- Why would the people be afraid when the man was in his right mind after Jesus healed him?
And because of that fear, all the people asked Him to leave. They should have been seeking His healing and love! Perhaps it was so that man could be used mightily in the area telling all what Jesus has done for him. Tell your story. Let others know what Jesus has done.
The next two stories you have probably heard if you have spent any significant amount of time reading the Word or attending church. The woman with the issue of blood and Jarius’ daughter (40-56).
First we have a desperate woman. She has spent all she has on trying to get well and has faith that if she just touches Jesus she will be healed. I am certain she was not expecting to be discovered or called out. I also imagine it was hard to say what she needed healing for, but there she was thrusted before the crowd trembling and in fear. Jesus sees and knows it all and says this: “‘Daughter,’ He said to her, ‘your faith has made you well. Go in peace.’” 48
Don’t you just love that. Don’t you want to have that kind of faith. Don’t you want to hear Jesus say to you: Go in peace! Love love love this.
And the next healing: As Jesus stopped to interact and heal this women, was it the time needed to allow the daughter to die so Christ could do an even greater miracle?
(Not that there really is degrees in miracles mind you. Kind of like sin: Sin is sin from a white lie to a murder, you need forgiveness. Same with miracles, you need faith.)
So, was it intently on Jesus’ part to be delayed? Why did He only take Peter, John, and James with Him into the room? (51) I think it odd that all who were crying started laughing when Jesus said: “Stop crying, she is not dead but asleep (52).” I also wonder why Jesus told the parents not to tell anyone of the healing. “Her parents were astonished, but He ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.” 56
*some thoughts from a friend in regards to the mother’s question: I look at/my aim is to view all women in the church as mothers, sisters, or daughters. I get that from 1 Timothy 5:2. Agree?